8 Legged Monster
The 8 Legged Monster was born to improve upon and keep the tradition of the small-big-band moving forward for a new generation. Since its inception, the 8 Legged Monster has been turning heads in the Bay Area's Jazz community. Founder Mike Irwin Johnson's arrangements offer the classic sound of early Bebop, yet with an entirely new attitude and approach to harmony. The Monster has such a distinct sound because they encompass all the musical styles that the jazz lineage has passed through, from Swing to free-jazz, yet bring to it an original, fresh sound. Already a fast favorite amongst the SF jazz community of musicians, they're one of the most entertaining and fun new bands to see.
"Each band member has star power in his own right, and each contributes a unique personal history to 8 legged Monster. The result is exciting.... To be so grounded in tradition and yet sensitive to your band members, is quite difficult. But Johnson pulls off 8 Legged Monster with flair".
-Rachel Swan, East Bay Express
"This is an excellent group led by a talented young arranger whose garden-fresh blueprints deserve to be more widely heard and appreciated".
-Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
"I thought the music was awesome... it was "Cadillac music," bright chrome and glistening. Great work!".
-Steve Silberman, contributing editor, Wired Magazine
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|